Student Program

Be Part of Something Unique!

The Digital Tech Academy is our new program open only to outstanding digital talents from all FAU degree programs and faculties! We impart all you need to follow your heart and passion for digitization, entrepreneurship and innovation. Work in interdisciplinary teams, get in touch with expert coaches and mentors, and develop your own pristine and validated business model.

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What are the benefits of the Student Program?

Within one year, you will learn the newest state-of-the-art innovation methods and work in interdisciplinary teams on your entrepreneurial challenge. Choose either your own start-up idea or one of the highly enticing projects from your participants colleagues.
You´ll work with 24 other handpicked talents from FAU as well as our international expert coaches and mentors – a unique chance to widen your professional network globally. That´s also why we´ll have a sports track with yoga and strength training provided by professional athletes – there is no place you can´t learn something for your start-up!

All these skills and networks we provide will distinguish you significantly from other founders and entrepreneurs in your later work-life. And at the end of that one year, you´ll have developed your own pristine and validated business model empowering you to enter your chosen market.

Upon successfull completion of the program, each participant will also receive an official certificate by FAU at the end of the program. Besides, some participants will get a highly exclusive grant to visit one of the top universities worldwide to work on the international perspective of his or her project.


  • “I applied for the FAU Digital Tech Fellows Program to practically learn and experience how to build a start-up, not in theory.”
    Martin Kaller – Team Roadius

  • “From our kickoff weekend, to the first prototype, and the final pitch — the DTF program was an awesome journey. The only way to learn more about how to start up, is to start up.”
    Stefan Seegerer – Team Talos

  • “I was amazed by how many things we tried and learned by just getting started and validating over and over again but also failing at some point but then getting back up really improves your process and your personal learnings”
    Lucia Grom-Baumgarten – Team Augmented World Experience


  • “The FAU Digital Tech Academy is at the core of FAU‘s strategy. It connects students, entrepreneurs and innovators across all our faculties and contributes to FAU as the No. 1 Innovator in Germany.”
    Prof. Dr. Katrin Möslein – Vice President Outreach Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg


  • “In the FAU Digital Tech Fellows Program you get to know a lot of like-minded people and spend a whole year working alongside them on start-up projects. Essentially, the FAU Digital Tech Fellows Program brought me together with my co-founder Stefan and gave us a roadmap for structuring our start-up journey!”
    Anatoli Kalysch – Team Talos

What are the projects and objectives?

As mentioned, you can work either on your own start-up idea, or on a project from our company partners – like the digitization of senses, or new smart materials.

After the 12 month program you will have:
+ an iterated Prototype
+ a validated Business Model
+ a validated Market Potential
+ a validated Financial Plan

What happens during this one year?

You will successfully complete many workshops which are organized as Block-Seminars on Fridays / Saturdays to make it easier for you to participate along your regular curriculum.
You get guided through the end-to-end Business design  process by learning each step of it by the following program:

+ Kick off with project partners, team formation & challenge assignment
+ Program Part I Research
+ Find
+ Trend Analysis -> Recognise trends
+ Discover -> Become an expert
+ Design -> Create your business model
+ Formulate
+ Validate -> Challenge the future scenario
+ Review -> Reflect the executed experiments
+ Decide -> Close first business plan iteration
-> Mid Term Presentation: Show your results to the world

+ Program Part II Develop
+ Foster
+ Discover -> Analyze your chosen market
+ Design -> Develop & iterate different prototypes
+ Validate -> Validate your prototypes through direct market research
+ Finalize
+ Review -> Adapt your prototypes to market feedback
+ Decide -> Decide upon your final product design
-> Final Demo Day: Present your product and pivot or proceed

In addition to the program we provide several digitization enabler too.
+ Workshops, Hackathons, Events: Learn how to bring hardware/product together with software and what value add is created for the customers.
+ Toolbox Conference: We will provide you a fully packed conference day with leading edge technologies which you can use immediately for any digitization project.

-> Get in touch with us in person on the following meetups…

How do I register?

The next fellows program is going to start on winter semester 2021 and the application period will start in May 2021.
Send us an e-mail if you want us to notify you when the new application round starts

Batch 5 Dates & Events 2nd Iteration

Tuesday, 19. May 2020 / 18:00 – 20:00 Sports – Yoga Video Conference
Friday, 29. May 2020 Validate WS Video Conference
Friday, 19. June 2020 Review WS & Market Entry Planning Video Conference
Monday, 29. June 2020 Presentation Test I Medical Valley Center, K1, Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen
Thursday, 9. July 2020 2. Franken Finance Festival Video Conference
Friday, 10. July 2020 Decide WS / Final Demo Day FAU Schloss, Am Schlossplatz 1, Erlangen

Batch 6 Dates & Events 1st Iteration

Tuesday, 19. May 2020 / 18:00 – 20:00 Sports – Yoga Video Conference
Friday, 5. June 2020 / 9:00 – 17:00 Validate WS Video Conference
Friday, 26. June 2020 / 9:00 – 17:00 Review WS Video Conference
Monday, 29. June 2020 / 17:00 – 20:00 Pitching Lecture Video Conference
Monday, 6. July 2020 / 13:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test I Medical Valley Center, K1, Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen
Thursday, 9. July 2020 2. Franken Finance Festival Video Conference
Monday, 13. July 2020 / 13:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test II Medical Valley Center, K1, Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen
Friday, 17. July 2020 / 13:00 – 17:00 Decide WS / Mid Term Presentations d.hip, Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen

Batch 6 Dates & Events 2nd Iteration

Friday, 16. October 2020 / 9:00 – 17:00 Kick-off 2nd Iteration & Market Opportunity Navigator InnoLab
Friday, 23. October – Sunday, 25. October 2020 Winter School Design WS & Financial Planning Fraunhofer Forschungscampus Waischenfeld
Thursday, 5. November 2020 Sports Laser Tag Nürnberg
Friday, 13. November 2020 Validate WS Zollhof
Friday, 27. November 2020 Review WS & Market Entry Planning d.hip
Monday, 7. December 2020 Presentation Test Medical Valley Center, K1, Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen
Friday, 11. December 2020 Decide WS / Final Demo Day d.hip

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